Geosciences Workforce Awareness Webinar Series: Webinar 2 - Geoscience Academic Workforce
Date: 10/19/17 1:30 PM Eastern - 10/19/17
Location: Online

Ivar Babb - Director, University of Connecticut’s Northeast Underwater Research, Technology and Education Center (NURTEC

Dr. Robert Chen - Professor, School for the Environment, Director of the Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN), University of Massachusetts Boston


This webinar will review the range and evolution of skills necessary to prepare students, within the ocean sciences, for academic employment in the 21st century. Learn more about ocean technologies, ICT (big data), diverse engineering (renewable energy, aquaculture), social sciences (e.g. Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning), resource economics and their role in the academic forum.


Ivar G. Babb is the Director of the University of Connecticut’s Northeast Underwater Research, Technology and Education Center (NURTEC). He received a M.S. from the University of Maine and a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. He served as a John Knauss Sea Grant Fellow in 1987, working at the National Undersea Research Program (NURP). His current research interest is focused on the development of innovative educational programs to link research and education and the development and application of new technologies for education. Pursuant to this research he has directed the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence – Technology and Engineering for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK) and recently served as Co-PI on the Marine Technologies for Teachers and Students project. He has participated as Chief Scientist or scientist on 40 research and education cruises in the Atlantic, Great Lakes and abroad. He is also the Past-President of the National Associate of Marine Laboratories (NAML), during which time he Co-led a Strategic Visioning process for Field Stations and Marine Laboratories. He has published over 25 articles focused on ocean science education, technologies and ecology.

Bob Chen is a professor in the School for the Environment and the Director of the Center for Coastal Environmental Sensing Networks (CESN) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his A.B. from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics and his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he has remained at UMassBoston since 1993. His research interests include carbon cycling in coastal waters, contaminants in urban harbors, and the application of coastal sensor networks to societal needs. He is also dedicated to ocean and environmental science education and outreach at the local, national and international levels. He led the Watershed-Integrated Sciences Partnership (WISP;, COSEE OCEAN (, the Boston Science Partnership, and the Boston Energy in Science Teaching ( projects. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles in the area of coastal observations, carbon cycling, contaminant distribution and fate, and environmental education.

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About the Series

Geosciences workforce awareness is critical for students in preparation for employment following their formal education. The nations of the world are facing a daunting range of geoscience-related environmental challenges, including climate change, declining fisheries, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and coastal development, among many others. As society strives to grapple with these issues and the complex economic, political, and environmental implications, geoscience graduates are finding an increasingly wide array of potential career pathways, both inside and outside of academia.

This webinar series is a follow-up to the workshop conducted during the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting exploring career pathways for geosciences students. The webinars will explore pathways not covered during the workshop. Please join us over the next few weeks as we highlight exciting opportunities for geosciences applications. More information on this series, including upcoming webinars will be posted on the COSEE website.

Contact Name: Andrea Gingras
Contact Phone: (401) 874 6524
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